We did it. We did the tour.

Today we took a free tour around Madrid with Feel the City Tours. Aside from experiencing the food and capturing the culture, people and scenery on camera, I enjoy learning about the history of the city. I would have minored in history in college but at the time I thought I'd be a psychology major and was therefore minoring in journalism. Here are some things I learned about Madrid.  

When the Romans conquered Spain in about 200 something B.C., they called the land "Hispania" which when you do your language history traces back to the term "land of the hare." Yeah. Spain was once the land of rabbits! 

 

This is the first restaurant in the world. It's legit because the restaurant earned a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records (haha). And the kitchen is still in its original form in terms of layout. They have obviously upgraded to some of the newer models of stoves and refrigerators. 

This is the first restaurant in the world. It's legit because the restaurant earned a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records (haha). And the kitchen is still in its original form in terms of layout. They have obviously upgraded to some of the newer models of stoves and refrigerators. 

Luis Candelas was considered Spain's Robin Hood back in the 1800s. Handsome, educated and clever, Luis would steal from the rich and provide for the poor. He was finally arrested when he was 15. Because he was amiable and had many connections he wasn't in prison for long. Once out he stole and became a womanizer for years. He finally truly fell in love in his 30s but unfortunately was put to death due to stealing from the king of Amsterdam. He could have lived (maybe) but his beloved wife refused to leave her family when he wanted to flee so he stayed with her in Spain and was eventually found and out to death. This restaurant is significant because Candelas and his crew would come here and count out the money and divide it among themselves. 

Luis Candelas was considered Spain's Robin Hood back in the 1800s. Handsome, educated and clever, Luis would steal from the rich and provide for the poor. He was finally arrested when he was 15. Because he was amiable and had many connections he wasn't in prison for long. Once out he stole and became a womanizer for years. He finally truly fell in love in his 30s but unfortunately was put to death due to stealing from the king of Amsterdam. He could have lived (maybe) but his beloved wife refused to leave her family when he wanted to flee so he stayed with her in Spain and was eventually found and out to death. This restaurant is significant because Candelas and his crew would come here and count out the money and divide it among themselves. 

Guess how many rooms are in this palace. Got a number in mind? If you guessed 3,400 then you are right! Now guess who led the construction and design of this palace. Any guesses? Napoleon Bonaparte's brother. Next question: what is this palace used for? Tours and royal celebrations (no one resides there). Thank you for participating in this quick trivia round!  

Guess how many rooms are in this palace. Got a number in mind? If you guessed 3,400 then you are right! Now guess who led the construction and design of this palace. Any guesses? Napoleon Bonaparte's brother. Next question: what is this palace used for? Tours and royal celebrations (no one resides there). Thank you for participating in this quick trivia round!  

Queen Isabel II was 13 when she became queen. She is a big reason Spain lost its empire.  

Queen Isabel II was 13 when she became queen. She is a big reason Spain lost its empire.  

Last fun fact: all roads start in Madrid. You can find the 0.0 km mark at the Puerto del Sol.